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Sydney may seem familiar, but there are still a few things you’ll need to know before you arrive in Australia’s largest city. Below we run through everything you need and ideal tips to ensure your Sydney holiday runs smoothly.

Quick facts about Sydney

Population: 4.2 million
Currency: Australian Dollar
Opening hours: Most shops are open 09:00-17:00 daily, with late night trading on Thursday to 21:00.
Emergency numbers: Police, ambulance and fire brigade: 000
Language: English
Plug type: Flat blade three-prong plug
Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Visa requirements: All British citizens require a tourist visa for Australia before arrival. If you have not already arranged one, please contact your Travel Butler or see our advice on Visas.

Arriving in Sydney

Sydney International Airport is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the city and harbour, meaning you’ll be checked-in and ready to explore soon after your arrival. We can pre-arrange your transfers to your accommodation in Sydney. If you prefer to catch public transport, the Airport link train runs from the airport and the city every 10 minutes and takes approximately 13 minutes in travel time.

Top tip: When flying into Sydney, be sure to opt for a window seat to enjoy an incredible bird’s eye view of Sydney Harbour.

Practical tips

Getting around: Sydney is a very spread out city so in order to see the sights you'll need to use transport. If you have a car, plan ahead for Sydney traffic, particularly during peak hours. The city also boasts an excellent public transport network of buses, light rail and ferries, and visitors can buy multi-day tickets that are valid across the network.

Be sun smart: The UV rating in Australia can catch most travellers out and leave them with painful sunburn. Be sure to apply 30+ sunscreen (even when it’s cloudy) and be sure to avoid the midday sun on hot days.  

Tipping: Tipping in Australia is not common practice across all industries. If you dine out at a nice restaurant and enjoy exceptional service you may want to leave a tip, but it is not expected.

Wi-Fi: Fast and free Wi-Fi is not common place in Australia and not all places you visit will have it. Most large hotels will offer Wi-Fi but some properties may charge it. If you require free Wi-Fi while you’re on the go, you can find it at all McDonalds.

Swimming: When swimming at Sydney's beaches, be sure to always swim between the red and yellow flags so the beach's lifeguards can see you. Lifeguards only operate in daylight hours so it is recommended to not swim at night. 

We’re here if you need us

Book your Sydney holiday with Flight Centre and you’ll benefit by having access to a dedicated Travel Butler and our 24/7 Emergency service. To contact our 24/7 Emergency service from outside of the UK please call +44 203 056 7993.

Keep in touch

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